Northeast Copes with Latest Blizzard

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) — New York and other states in the Northeast Friday braced for more snow from the region’s third blizzard in a month.

Parts of New York could get up to a foot of new snow from the storm that moved into the area Thursday, forecasters said.

A snow-covered tree limb in New York’s Central Park snapped Thursday, killing a man and prompting the city’s Parks Department to warn residents to stay away from city parks, CNN reported.

Air travel was disrupted at cities from Philadelphia to Boston, The New York Times reported. More than 1,100 flights were canceled in the New York area alone by Thursday evening.

Officials said more cancellations were expected as winds picked up and temperatures fell.

Heavy snow Thursday caused dangerous conditions and forced the closing of schools and roads, officials said.

Pennsylvania officials reduced the maximum speed on Interstate 476 to 45 mph Thursday afternoon because of deteriorating conditions, the Times said. The state later issued a general ban for tractor-trailers on the highway because of anticipated whiteout conditions.

New York State Electric and Gas emergency crews worked to repair downed power lines that at one point left 5,400 customers in the dark, the Times said.

Parts of New York had received 22-30 inches of snow by Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. An average of 22 inches of snow fell in Massachusetts and some areas in Vermont received as much as 38 inches. Pennsylvania had as much as 12 inches fall in some areas, weather officials said.

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